Blogs & Articles

Behind Every Moon Shot Is A Supply Chain – Omnae weighs in on emerging technologies and the critical role supply chains play to get them off the ground.

January 12, 2021

Supply chains come in all lengths and sizes, for every industry and exist in every part of the world. However, we don’t often think of supply chain development early enough when developing innovative ideas. 

Our CEO, Dan Lionello, is a contributing author to publications relating to supply chain resiliency, fortification and the importance of building a strong supply web – but in this article, he’s written about widening our gaze on supply chain considerations and the importance of early involvement,

“….have you ever considered what underpins every single great invention? From widgets, to gadgets, to robots and rockets – it’s a supply chain that transforms napkin doodles into tangible products that can be used in the real world.

A healthy supply chain is to a new invention, what a healthy blood flow is to a human brain. Without it, great ideas wither and die.”

Read more about what Dan has to say in January’s edition of Techvouver, an online publication providing real-time reporting and analysis of emerging technology news in Vancouver and throughout British Columbia.

2020 in Review – Omnae’s retrospective on leanings from this past year.

December 8, 2020

Hindsight is 2020 – and nothing could be more true when looking back on the year we all just had.

Omnae CEO, Dan Lionello, provides his unique perspective on the events of 2020 and how it has fundamentally reshaped the way businesses are operated, discovered,  and engaged with. But, could we have been better prepared? Probably.

“COVID-19 has taught us many valuable lessons in only a few short months. From our personal lives to our business environments, we’ve learned the hard way that technology, adaptability and transparency are non-negotiable requirements for survival.”

Interested in his unique perspective? Read more here.

Supply Chain Quarterly features Omnae Founder on why a Supply Web is stronger than a chain

November 16, 2020

“When using the supply “chain” analogy to describe operations, complications arise as this linear system only allows for front- or back-end visibility.”

Omnae Founder and CEO, Dan Lionello talks about the importance of  visibility in your supply chain, prompting us to take a different perspective on our outsourcing and manufacturing relationships.

“Blind spots within supply webs cost manufacturers money, time and valuable resources. Removing these limitations and promoting effective communication removes the risk of producing poor quality products or even receiving substandard results.”

Interested in his unique perspective? Read more here.

Podcast: How companies can be sure their supply chains are ethical all the way through

October 29, 2020

With growing consumer demands and an extremely lengthened supply chain, it may be easier than ever for companies to get swept up in unethical practices but there is also more accountability than ever before. 

Associate editor Brielle Jaekel talks with Dan Lionello of Omnae on how to make sure your supply chain is ethical and how consumers are driving that accountability.

On ethical practices coming to light:

“The supply chains have been lengthening since the industrial revolution began… what we’re really seeing is the convergence of the internet and other ways of managing information much more quickly…”

“…I think what’s happening is that we have a much bigger lens being shone on things that have been happening literally for centuries.”

Listen to the interview here.

Supply Chain Brain features Omnae founder on how technology provides a crucial link in ethical supply chains

October 13, 2020

With companies relying increasingly on complex global supply chains, their need for verifiable manufacturing ethics and supplier transparency is growing.” The current processes and tools used to execute, verify and manage ethical manufacturing are inefficient and outdated. However, there is hope for transformation – digital transformation.

We are honoured to be featured in Supply Chain Brain where Omnae CEO, Dan Lionello, discusses how new technologies, specifically networked digital tools, can help increase ethical compliance across three key areas in supply chains. Plus, how and why these tools can and must create visibility in supply chains at more than just a surface level. 

“In today’s interconnected business environment, global visibility, standardization and credibility are no longer optional.”

Click here to read the full article.

Collaborative Technologies are Driving the Future of Supply Chain

June 25, 2020

Collaboration is steadily emerging as a 21st-century buzz word within the manufacturing industry, but it is often plagued with generalized quasi-understanding. Is it data sharing? Is it software integrations? Is it minimalist iconography of shaking hands? 

Collaborative Supply Chain Management can mean all of those things. Most importantly it means adopting tools and processes to develop meaningful, strategic, and mutually beneficial relationships with your internal team, your outsourced partners, and the global network of manufacturers.

| Supply Chains of the future are collaborating

The supply chains of the world are rapidly decentralizing and becoming more complex and sophisticated. Manufacturing experts are beginning to look at their supply partnerships as interconnected webs of suppliers, producers, and customers, rather than linear buyer/seller links in a chain. As this networked perspective takes hold, the traditionally defined Supply Chain will morph into a Supply Web. 

Technologically, however, companies are not keeping up to this increase in complexity. A shocking 94% of SME global manufacturers have no system in place to manage their supply chains beyond email threads, spreadsheets, PDFs, WeChat, and fax. Sound familiar?

Harnessing the Supply Web and creating processes to behave as one requires innovative technology that fosters collaboration on several levels. In order to create true collaboration, companies need to collaborate internally, with their partners, and with the global Supply Web

Internal Supply Chain Collaboration

Internal collaboration for supply chains means utilizing tools that decrease siloes and boost efficiency and communication between your team members. Implementing this means adopting systems and procedures that allow your team members to work together on multiple projects without repeating data entry or tasks. 

An internal collaborative supply chain management system would allow many functions within your team to work together on a single platform and perform different tasks, including:

  • CXOs – Gain full visibility into supply chains to mitigate risks, reduce costs, and make proactive decisions. Centralize oversight and reporting.
  • Engineers & Designers – Upload your specifications and collaboratively review and revise your products for manufacturability and manage NCRs. 
  • Purchasers & Procurement – Source new vendors or work with existing partners. Submit RFQs, manage bids, and keep track of order statuses in one place.
  • Quality Management – Manage and report quality metrics for all your parts and partners and easily resolve NCRs.
  • Logistics Management – Track order progress and shipping, coordinate drop-shipments and manage billing and courier accounts.
  • Inside Sales and Customers Service – Find new customers or support existing ones. Receive and manage RFQs, bids, and quality inquiries.


By supporting all these functions under one roof, collaborative technology can centralize data and file management in order to boosts efficiency and synchronization of internal teams by:

  • Vastly reducing data entry and replication across multiple spreadsheets
  • Eliminating sending/receiving and potential misplacement of files and critical data via email
  • Creating visibility into entire product lifecycles
External Supply Chain Collaboration

External collaboration for supply chains means implementing tools and methods of communication that allow you to share data, workflows, and strategic information between outsourced partners – all around the world. 

This means utilizing a digital platform that operates for both vendors and customers and allows each to perform their own functions in synchronization with their partners. In today’s marketplace this kind of technology takes two primary forms:

  1. Large, resource-intensive ERP integrations
  2. Lightweight cloud-based SCM platforms


There are advantages to both of these categories, and which suits your company depends entirely on your available resources, time, and structure. However, as digital SCM technologies get smarter and more accessible, the wisdom behind spending multiple years and potentially multiple millions of dollars on a robust ERP integration is being questioned. 

The advantages of inter-company collaboration are numerous. Most saliently, it creates a centralized and transparent shared single source of truth that ensures you and your partners are always in agreement and synchronization on: 

  • Data management procedures
  • Part Specifications 
  • Revisions
  • Order Details
  • Pricing
  • Shipping and Delivery Dates
  • Quality Control 
  • Forecasting
  • Strategic Adaptations

| Global Supply Web Collaboration

Global Supply Chain Collaboration truly means the creation of a Supply Web. Technology that allows for inter-company, multi-tier collaboration creates a web of visibility across all contributors to a product and global production as a whole. 

Global outsourcing has historically been shrouded in a mindset of scarcity: brands closely coveting their supply chains and guarding all quality and output data in order to maintain confidentiality and security. The downside to this is an industry that is fraught with non-accountability, information siloes, and a complete lack of governance and transparency. 

By reversing that mindset – and adopting technology that can make it happen – to one of transparency, interconnectedness, and accountability the manufacturing industry will flourish as one of continuous improvement, ethical best practices, and global standardization. 

Not only would it benefit the companies and workers of the world, but it would also benefit the companies that participate in it by:

  • Increasing efficiency with standardized processes
  • Creating visibility across the entire production of goods, from raw materials all the way to consumers
  • Distributing proactive warnings if there is a disruption anywhere in the supply web
  • Providing a competitive advantage to companies with provable reputable supply chains

| The SCM technologies of the future are driven by collaboration

The technologies that will allow your team, partners, and industry to collaborate are emerging and they are lightweight, collaborative, and digital. Companies and brands that adopt these technologies proactively will become the most resilient and adaptable. With collaborative digital technology moving into the supply chain world the question really comes back to you: will you innovate and grow with this changing industry or will you keep digging through your email to find that lost revision? 

Ready to see what the future of supply chain management looks like? Book a Consult today.